We have been getting several calls lately about fly problems in and around homes. They are a nuisance and can be annoying for sure. Especially that one fly in the house that you can seemingly never get rid of. Here is some information about the most common flies and control options:

Cluster Flies

Pollenia rudis

The cluster fly is a little larger than the common housefly and moves sluggishly. It can be recognized by the short, golden colored hairs on its thorax, the part of the body to which the legs and wings are attached. The larvae, or maggots, of cluster flies develop as parasites in the bodies of earthworms.

The adult flies emerge in late summer and early fall and seek protected places to spend the winter. In many cases, this is within the walls, attics and basements of homes. Window screens offer no protection from the flies because they crawl in the home through small openings in the walls of the building. These same overwintering flies get into rooms during the winter and spring months entering through window pulley holes, around the baseboards and through other small openings in walls.

Face Flies

Musca autumnalis

Face flies are serious pests of cattle and may overwinter in homes or invade them during the summer. They closely resemble the common housefly, and only an expert can tell them apart. Overwintering face flies have habits similar to cluster flies and control procedures are similar.

Face flies are most likely to invade farm homes or homes located near pastures or where cattle are kept since the larvae develop in fresh cattle manure. During the summer, the adults feed on the mucous secretions from the eyes and noses of cattle and horses.

Blow Flies

Phormia sp; Lucilia sp.

Blue or green bottle flies are robust flies with shiny metallic bodies that can often be found in homes during winter and early spring. These insects develop in manure or carrion and are usually apparent in small numbers. However, they are strong fliers and are attracted to lamps or lights. Their "buzzing" flight is very annoying.

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Many of the insecticides labeled for controlling insects on trees and shrubs will kill flies and gnats that land to rest on treated foliage or other surfaces. However, continued emergence of the insects make control seem ineffective. Look for products containing one of the following active ingredients: bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, cyhalothrin, or permethrin. Various products containing these insecticides are registered for application to trees and shrubs and exterior walls of buildings. This is a short-term option and its effectiveness is limited because not all resting areas are treatable and midges continue to emerge from their breeding sites.

Of course, ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS FOR SAFE USE OF ANY PESTICIDE!

(Source: Dr. Mike Potter and Dr. Lee Townsend University of Kentucky Extension Entomology)

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It's almost time for the Madison Co Fair and Horse Show to be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds, July 26 through Aug. 3!

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More information coming soon.

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